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Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth

By Tim Hillier and Gavin Dingwall

Published

Jun 16, 2021

Page count

242 pages

ISBN

978-1529203189

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 16, 2021

Page count

242 pages

ISBN

978-1529203196

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 16, 2021

Page count

242 pages

ISBN

978-1529203196

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth

Can the criminal justice system achieve justice based on its ability to determine the truth?

Drawing on a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, this book investigates the concept of truth – its complexities and nuances – and scrutinizes how well the criminal justice process facilitates truth-finding. From allegation to sentencing, the chapters take the reader on a journey through the criminal justice system, exposing the marginalization of truth-finding in favour of other jurisprudential or systemic values, such as expediency, procedural fairness and the presumption of innocence.

This important work bridges the gap between what people expect from the criminal justice system and what it can legitimately deliver.

"This elegantly written book illuminates the challenges and limitations of the criminal justice process as it contextualizes and challenges the search for truth from (potentially false) allegation to trial." Hannah Quirk, King's College London

Gavin Dingwall is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at De Montfort University.

Tim Hillier is Head of the School of Law at De Montfort University.

The Criminal Process and the Pursuit of Truth

Allegations

Confessions

Witness Testimony

Truth and the Probity of Evidence-Gathering

Decisions and Narratives: Factfinding and Case Construction

Truth and the Criminal Trial: Competing Stories

Truth, Sentencing and Punishment

Restoration, Reconciliation and Reconceptualizing Justice

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth: The Truth of Who Is to Blame